#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, which concludes today, has been unfolding online since Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m., when Celeste Ng, author of the acclaimed debut novel, Everything I Never Told You
(published in hardcover by Penguin Press and out this week as a Penguin paperback), debuted an original love story, inspired by a series of Post-It notes she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library.
Since tweets must be no more than 140 characters, Ng presented her tale with a series of tweets. Here is a sampling: “For #TwitterFiction
festival, here’s an unusual bookish love story I stumbled across … It involves reading, secrets, tragedy: all stuff dear to my heart, as those of you who know me (or have read my novel) know … A few weeks ago I went to write at the @cambridgePL
, as I often do. I was sneaking a snack at my usual writing desk in the corner … Pro tip: when consuming contraband snacks at library, DO NOT drop entire package of Swedish Fish on floor … As I picked them up, I found this [Ng shows an Instagram photo of the note (“For you, if you find this, start here, 299. 7 H83.co”) stuck under the table … I worked in a library in college. I know my Dewey Decimal. How could I resist? … I found the book with that call number … I found myself rooting for this couple, whoever they were. But why had they hidden their story here? …. So I kept following the notes. Upstairs. Downstairs. Back upstairs again.” To read the complete series of Ng’s #Twitter Fiction story tweets on Storify.com, click here
#TwitterFiction Festival Live!
drew a big crowd to SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in NYC on Wednesday night. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015
) was hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner
) and featured Penguin authors such as Myke Cole
), Lyndsay Faye
), Gayle Forman (@gayleforman
) and Anna North
), creating Twitter Fiction live on stage. There were live illustrations by visual artist Michael Arthur (@inklines
) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12
). USA Today
live tweeted the event.